It seems like you can’t turn on certain news channels without hearing how Mexican immigrants are taking over this country. But that’s not exactly the case. Sure it makes for a provocative headline, but, according to a recent Wall Street Journal story, the flow of Mexican immigrants into the U.S. is actually on the decline. From 2009 to 2014, Mexicans actually left the U.S. at a higher number than those entering, creating a deficit of nearly 130,000 Mexican immigrants.
According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the main reasons for this decline has to do with both the U.S. and Mexican economies.
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The kind of jobs that Mexican laborers usually pursue have been on the decline in the U.S., making the market too competitive for labor wages. At the same time, Mexico has experienced an economic boom that has led to a surplus of jobs, as compared to a few years ago, making the country more desirable.
As Mexico’s immigration numbers decline, the number of Asian immigrants has steadily increased.
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While the number of labor-level jobs have declined in the U.S., the demand for jobs in the math, science, computer science and engineering fields has increased, which is attracting highly educated immigrants from China and India. As of 2014, 31 states experienced more immigration from China than from Mexico, and the number of immigrants from Mexico has declined in several other states. So what does that say about Trump’s proposed wall? As the associate dean of the University of California, Karthick Ramakrishnan, states: “This notion of a wall and of Mexican immigration being the most pressing challenge facing the United States is completely out of touch with the reality we face.”
Everyone has a different reason for why they choose to immigrate, but the truth is that immigration will always exist no matter how hard people oppose it, or how many walls they build. The real issue at stake isn’t immigration, but how well our society accepts people looking to make their lives that much better.